Thursday, January 18, 2018

my craftsy class, yay !!!


Hello lovelies,

remember when I talked about the amazing opportunity I had a few weeks back when I flew to Denver and recorded a sewing class with Craftsy? Yeah, the class is now live and it all is super surreal, and exciting, and intimidating all at the same time, eeeeek !!!

My class Giftable Projects: Zippered Bags and Purse Organizer is a six lesson class with detailed instructions and lots of tips on how to make three different zipper pouches. Would you like to see the pouches I designed for the class? Here we go.


 Easy Coin Pouch with removable wrist strap is the first (and easiest project). I love this sweet little pouch and have made quite a few of them for my daughters and their friends already. 


The second pouch I teach is Double Zip pouch which makes a perfect pencil pouch or make up bag. I'm also thinking it would make a great hand sewing supplies pouch. Oh, the possibilities :)


Last, but definitely not least, is this Keep it Neat Purse Organizer. This is one of my all time favorite pouches with tons of pockets (zipper pockets as well as slip pockets). *you can also purchase this pattern from my etsy shop if you like


 I absolutely loved the opportunity to talk more about materials and supplies I use as well as being able to show how to work with metal zippers and add many different pockets to pouches.


What do you say? Would you like to learn how to make pouches with me? If so you can purchase my class (which includes instructions + all three patterns) by clicking here. And, to make things even sweeter, you can get my class at a 50% discount for just $19.99 for a limited time.

Wishing you all a happy and creative day. Svetlana


Monday, January 15, 2018

enamel pin banner


It had to be done! I finally caved in and made myself an enamel pin banner.


I love how this was not in any way a very time consuming or advanced skill requiring project. It came together super quickly, especially since I had all the supplies on hand.

I used heavy weight canvas for the front and quilting cotton for the back of the banner. I loosely followed this fab tutorial by Jeni, I just made my banner slightly less pointy and I added an embroidery thread tassel to the bottom.


I love having a dedicated "home" for my pins. They are such a happy addition to my studio :)

Wishing you all a fabulous Monday.

Svetlana


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

un-paper towels (a quick tutorial)

Hello friends, I hope 2018 is off to a good start for you all!

I'm not a fan of new year's resolutions as I tend to break them almost as soon as I think them up :),  but I did decide to focus more on producing less waste this year. My whole family is on board (which makes even small changes a lot more doable) and our first task is to work on reducing the amount of paper and plastic products we use in our kitchen.


To start things off, I decided to replace our paper towels with a bunch of fabric un-paper towels. I came across quite a few suggestions on how to make these - some were just plain fabric, others had little snaps or grommets attached. In the end I went with a simple combination of cotton fabric and terry cloth, not adding any hardware as I worried that it might scratch my dishes or counters.


I used some pretty fabric that's been sitting in my stash for far too long to make these. I even had some terry cloth on hand so the whole process was super quick and very, very satisfying.

We've been using these towels for about two weeks now and so far so good. I still keep a roll of paper towels in case we experience some super messy spills, but right now they are placed inside the cabinet instead of sitting on top as usual to help us remember to reach for fabric towels first. 
 

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In case you'd like to make some un-paper towels of your own here's how I made mine:

I used 1 - 10'' square of fabric and 1 - 10'' square of terry cloth for each towel, placed them right sides together and pinned around the perimeter. I then used 1/2'' seam allowance to stitch all the way around the edges leaving a 4'' opening in one side for turning. I pressed open the seam with an opening, and turned the towel right side out through the hole. I then pushed the corners out to make them nicely pointy and pinned the opening closed. I used 1/8'' seam allowance to stitch all the way around the edges of each un-paper towel stitching the opening in the side closed at the same time. I gave them all one last good press and that was it. Easy peasy.




I'm definitely planning on making a lot more of these un-paper towels in the next few days. And, I think I'll be using darker fabrics to help hide some stains this time :)


Thanks for reading friends. Svetlana


Friday, December 29, 2017

two small finishes


Hello lovelies, are you enjoying this holiday season?

I must say, the week between Christmas and New Year is almost always a bit of a drag for me :(. I usually imagine myself resting and enjoying these slow days, but in reality I just start feeling unproductive and anxious most of the time. So this year I adjusted my idea of recharging and instead of sitting around forcing myself to relax, I decided to include some just for fun sewing in my days.

And, it worked !!!

I almost forgot how wonderfully freeing it feels to sew with no deadline or commitment in mind :).
 


I whipped up this drawstring bag to keep my newest knitting project nicely organized, ...


.... and of course I needed a matching itty bitty pouch for my stitch markers, scissors, and needles.

These were not time consuming projects at all and I thoroughly enjoyed sewing them up. Plus, I got to use this super, super fun Essex Linen by Sarah Golden. It's such a perfect fabric for one's project bag, don't you think?

Off I go now, more resting and recharging to be done :)

Wishing you all a happy, peaceful, creative, and most of all joyful 2018 !!!

 Svetlana

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

free christmas sewing tutorials




 Hello lovelies,

in case you're in a mood for a bit of last minute Christmas sewing, I have a collection of 21 Free Christmas sewing tutorials for you. Just click here to be taken to the original post.

Happy sewing and Merry Christmas to all who celebrate !!!

Svetlana

 



Friday, December 15, 2017

this and that

Hello, hello everyone!!!

How are things? Have you been busy? Any fun projects you've been working on?

It's been a while since I popped in here, sorry for disappearing on you like that :(. Things have been crazy busy lately, mostly in a good way though so no complaints here.

If you follow me on Instagram you probably know our family has decided to take a giant leap of faith and after 20 years of living in the States we will be moving back to Europe once the kids finish their school year. Eeeeek! I'm so, so very excited. And a bit scared, too. It's going to be a huge change for us all but I've been feeling stuck in a rut for quite some time now and I think we're ready for some serious change :)




And, even though our move is not happening for a few months, I just had to whip up this super adorable passport wallet. I used Amber's fabulous pattern which comes in two sizes. I made a four passport one, but I'm planning on making a six passport wallet as well.



We also got to celebrate this little cutie's 18th birthday!!!

I feel like I just blinked and somehow my first baby is an adult now.  How is that even possible?




And, as if all that wasn't exciting enough, I got to spend a few days this week in Denver recording a Craftsy class. It was super, super exciting, and incredibly stressful too, of course. But I'm very happy I said yes to this opportunity and can't wait to share with you more in the coming weeks.

Well, that's me for now. I have plans for some fun, no deadline sewing this weekend and I can't wait.

Wishing you all a relaxed and creative weekend.

Svetlana


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

bagmaker tuesday no.6 (waxed canvas megan tote)


I've been meaning to make myself a new handbag for a few weeks now but, once again, I found it crazily difficult to choose just the right design as well as fabric.

I wanted a sturdy medium sized bag with handles and removable crossbody strap, lots of pockets, and a zipper closure. Totally doable, don't you think? Oh, and I wanted to use waxed canvas for the main body as I love its water resistant quality and beautifully "rugged" look.


So, after much back and forth, I finally decided to make myself a bag based on my Megan Foldover Tote pattern.

I skipped the installation of exterior zipper pocket as suggested in the pattern and added two large slip pockets to my front exterior instead. And while I love zipper pockets, I think this option is actually better for me as I use one slip pocket for my phone and the other one for my keys and this whole set up makes my everyday running around a bit less stressful.


One thing that used to stress me when working with waxed canvas was how wrinkly it got when I was turning the bag right side out. I really love the look and feel of waxed canvas, but all those wrinkles were a bit too much for me. And then I read somewhere that blowing hot air using hair dryer can smooth all the unwanted wrinkles out so I tried it out and it worked like a charm, yay!


I added a zipper pocket to the lining though. I always, always add at least one zipper pocket to my linings as I like having a secure place to keep my wallet in.

The green duck canvas I used for the lining is actually a lot less bright in real life but it still adds a lovely pop of color to this otherwise neutral bag.


I finished the bag off by adding a zipper closure.

I really, really love how this bag turned out and I'm already planning more projects using waxed canvas :)

How about you? Have you worked on any small projects recently? I hope you'll link up to your project by clicking on the button below.

Svetlana



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